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Old 08-20-2016, 02:12 PM   #1321
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The two main places where I'm a customer I definitely test the item in question. Their standard policy is to offer a 7 or 30 day return for store credit, with receipt. I have on a couple occasions gotten them to change that to money back in 48 hours. The last time that happened was when I bought a 24" display, but it was a pig in a poke. There was no way to test it in the store. I was willing to buy it, but I wasn't willing to make cash deposit in the bank of pawnshop. He got the manager to make an exception, I bought the monitor, it works, I'm using it right now. We're both happy.

I got an tool for the Stihl trimmer there. I asked them if I could test it. The next day, I brought in my trimmer, minus the string trimmer head. I took their tool, a long hedge trimmer extension and attached it, took it outside and fired it up. The hedge trimmer blades were a blur. I bought it.

Got it home and found it wouldn't cut the pyracantha climbing up the side of the house. That is one tough shrub. Damn. So I moved to the laurels on the side of the driveway. Nope. WTF? How about a dandelion? It appears that I have the world's strongest dandelions, or... I have a hedge trimmer that sucks.

Turns out the hedge trimmer sucks.

There's a plate at the bottom of the gearbox that translates the rotary motion of the shaft to a reciprocating motion for the blades. That plate takes six torx head bolts and only two were present. Huh. Weird. That was why I was suspicious in the first place, but... I brought in my own trimmer and it worked (let the record show I'd originally ended this sentence with ", right?" and have deleted it. Sorry, I'm trying, really.). So, that's on me. I take the plate off the gearbox and work out for myself how it works and discover that it's missing a cam that sits on a shaft and moves the blade back and forth. Without the cam, it just slides along the other blade but without power. (two cams, 180 deg apart, moving the two saw toothed blades in opposite directions like scissors. my unit had only one cam, driving one blade and the other blade just coasted along freely. It LOOKED like it was powered and capable of cutting--I didn't test it at the pawnshop with my finger. but at home, it was defeated by a dandelion).

Anyhow, I was outside the return window by this time, and besides, I really did want the tool. And I got a screaming deal on it. But, it's no deal if it doesn't work. I visited all the big box stores, their repair departments, no cams. I couldn't even find the fucking screws! I wound up ordering a new pair of cams and a package of screws from some small engine repair outfit on the internet for less than $20 including shipping. Eventually they arrived. I haven't put them in yet, but I expect it will work.

If it doesn't then I'll have learned a couple things, test better, test faster, get better return terms. But I'm sure it will work.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:46 PM   #1322
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That's a good plan and a good way to handle it by them. If they know you're not dishonest, and you're a regular, to give you cash.

It might work like this: they can't test certain items, or don't know how. So they put those things out at around parts price; and if they come back, they'll sell them out on eBay at parts price, meanwhile you're invested in store credit.

In the ghetto, a lot of items come in as suspect. Not that they were stolen, but they were clearly part of a dumpster dive or seem to be from odd circumstances. A poor person comes in, digs into a plastic trash bag, and says "I have this stereo (a 30 year old piece of shit), this clock radio (a 40 year old piece of shit), and this thing I don't use because I don't like it (an uncharged iPad 2 covered in syrup)." And you say, what the fuck?

So you offer $20 for the lot and throw the shit in the trash, and hope the iPad is serviceable; if it can't charge at all, it goes for parts:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...p2045573.m1684

But if it can charge, how long do you work with it until you say, well yeah this thing "works"? And what are your risks, selling it in various ways?
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:53 PM   #1323
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"...covered in syrup"

LOL!
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:36 PM   #1324
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so apparently this just happened today in front of you know where. Details are still coming in but, you know, random craziness in the hood. Steve has video of this gent disrobing, surrounded by cops, in the very middle of Broad St.

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Old 11-02-2016, 04:47 PM   #1325
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...and he was hauled off in an ambulance shortly after this. Word is, his bag of weed had something stronger in it than he expected, and so he began doing a striptease up Broad St.

I have heard of people around here getting nekked after getting all doped up on goofballs... bath salts and what have you...
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:47 PM   #1326
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Just wanted to show them he wasn't armed.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:50 PM   #1327
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Right now word is he began stripping before the cops took an interest, but Steve promises more details later.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:43 PM   #1328
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So, it's NOT true, what they say, after all!
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:44 PM   #1329
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I like how the one cop has already got his gloves on. Smart move.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:34 AM   #1330
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Looks like he's trying out for the part of Daffyd Thomas.
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:05 PM   #1331
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So, it's NOT true, what they say, after all!
Thank you so much, Pam.

I feel just a little less weird knowing that you saw it, too.

Well...that you didn't see it, either, in this case.
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:38 PM   #1332
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Just wanted to show them he wasn't armed.
What he did is very dangerous. Some cop might mistake his toy for a real gun.
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Old 11-25-2016, 12:07 PM   #1333
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See dis?
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:08 PM   #1334
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Yup. It's funny cos the horizontal siding in the Pbg shop is what we had. Makes it easy to hang and display items.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:58 PM   #1335
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So does my podiatrist for displaying shit they sell.
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